Category: Discussions

Finding Your Place In The Blogosphere

Finding Your Place In The Blogosphere

This little blog is one in a sea of millions. Literally, millions. And I don’t know if it’s just me, but that seems like a pretty scary fact. After all, how is a person supposed to find their place in the blogging world when there are so many other blogs, and nothing is original anymore? The many blog advice posts you find around the internet always urge you to carve out your own niche, to be different, to do something new, but when I look at my own blog and ask myself what is special about it I often draw… Read more »

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How To Be A Bookworm On A Budget

How To Be A Bookworm On A Budget

Being a bookworm can get pretty pricey, what with all those delicious new releases you just have to rush out and buy, and all those series where you just have to read the next book RIGHT NOW! So here I’ve compiled a few tips on how to be a bookworm on a budget: Go to the library Back when I was a kid, I was never out of the local library: my Mum would take me after school and I would never leave with less than a good armful of books, and I religiously took part (and completed) the summer… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel

The Pros and Cons of Outlining Your Novel

Seen as my blogging has pretty much ground to a halt these past couple of weeks due to my lack of internet, I decided it was time to devote some much needed time to my fiction writing. In my New Year’s Resolution post I wrote about how this year I wanted to start writing a novel, so I felt that now was the perfect time to give it a try. This isn’t my first attempt at novel writing: I’ve been starting (and failing to finish) novels since I was a teenager, and my most recent attempt was in 2014 when… Read more »

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5 Things I’ve Missed About Blogging

5 Things I’ve Missed About Blogging

Recently, I’ve been pretty disconnected from the blogosphere: my new home hasn’t got any Wi-Fi set up yet, and thanks to my rapidly dwindling phone data I haven’t even been able to browse Twitter or Bloglovin much. In some ways having this enforced break has been quite nice, as it has definitely relieved the pressure over a period that is quite stressful anyway (moving house), but it has also consolidated my love of blogging. Being unable to post has been so frustrating and has definitely shown me just how much I enjoy blogging, so I thought I’d do a quick… Read more »

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Do you tell people about your blog?

Do you tell people about your blog?

Back when I first started my blog, I didn’t tell anyone about it. I set it up, started posting and never breathed a word of it to anyone else, and I really don’t know why. Oddly it just felt too weird thinking of people I knew reading it, even though they are likely to be the only people you can entice to read your blog at first, when the rest of the world doesn’t know it exists. Eventually after a few weeks, when I had got it looking how I wanted it and had a few posts up, I casually… Read more »

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Can creativity be taught?

Can creativity be taught?

Something I’ve always found interesting in the writing world is the two schools of thought regarding whether or not writing skills can be taught. Many well regarded writers have famously bashed creative writing courses, claiming that writing as a creative medium can’t be taught unless a person has some modicum of natural talent, whereas I know from experience through my time as a Creative Writing student that there are writers and tutors out there who believe most people are capable of learning to write well. This got me thinking about whether or not creativity in general can be taught, or… Read more »

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How fast do you read?

How fast do you read?

As per my new blog schedule, I was due to post a book review on Monday, which is now a two-weekly event on my blog. However, when I finally got home from work on Sunday and sat down with my laptop to write my review I suddenly realised something…I had nothing to review. It has actually taken me over two weeks to read a book, a fact that gives rise to the question: WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING TO ME? Once upon a time I could devour even the thickest book within a matter of days – in fact the… Read more »

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The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

The Pros and Cons of Book Recommendations

Seen as I don’t have all that many bookish friends in real life, it isn’t very often that I either give or receive book recommendations (outside of the blogosphere), and in some ways I’m quite glad about that. There’s a certain level of pressure that comes with both offering or receiving a book recommendation unless it’s someone you know very well (eg. a sibling, a partner or possibly a very close friend), although it can lead you to some amazing books as well. Therefore I thought I’d do a little pros and cons list (I do love doing those!) about book recommendations,… Read more »

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New Year’s Resolutions 2016

New Year’s Resolutions 2016

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I always seem to have really mixed feelings about the New Year: on one hand it’s slightly depressing as a marker of how fast time is flying by (I can still remember the change of the millenium – I was only seven at the time, but still! How the hell is it almost 2016!?), whilst there’s also a certain positivity attached to it through the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. This year is the same as ever, as I feel slightly reluctant to let go of what was a pretty good year… Read more »

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The Best of 2015

The Best of 2015

The end of 2015 is quickly creeping up on us, so I thought I’d take the time to reflect over the past 12 months of blogging and do a quick round up of some of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and some of my favourite posts I’ve written (plus a few blogs I’ve loved reading this year!). I’ll be doing a New Year’s Resolution post on Thursday (New Year’s Eve) as well, but I thought it would be better to use an entire post to look back at the year that has gone (and absolutely flown by if you… Read more »

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